The mission of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources (FHNR) is to protect, restore, expand and manage New York City’s natural spaces and green infrastructure to maximize their benefits and promote their value within and outside of the urban ecosystem. This position, under direction of the Chief of Natural Resources, with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, will oversee the team of professionals at FHNR focused on protection, restoration and management of wetland, riparian and water resources across NYC parkland.
– Under general direction, with wide latitude for independent judgment and initiative, manage a team of experienced project managers an wetland professionals.
– Provide strategic management and leadership for all programs involving streams, estuaries, salt marshes, freshwater wetlands, lakes and pondsas well as watershed planning within the FHNR Division.
– Provide expertise, leadership and review for the Agency on topics related to projects impacting water resource protection, restoration and management.
– Coordinate and provide technical support for FHNR programs including the Urban Field Station, Forest Restoration, Green Infrastructure, Conservation, Stewardship and the Natural Areas Conservancy.
– Identify restoration priorities and objectives and develop and implement restoration projects for wetlands and riparian systems in partnership with others within and outside the Agency.
– Cultivate new grant opportunities and partnerships to advance wetlands programs, watershed-based management and aquatic ecosystem restoration and protection.
– Identify research, monitoring, assessment and adaptive management needs.
– Supervise and provide technical guidance for staff conducting research, monitoring and assessment, design and construction supervision and other related tasks. Oversee the completion of project deliverables.
– Serve as agency liaison with other related city, state, federal and non-profit partners.
– Prepare budgets, and write memos, reports and research reports as needed.
– Secure city, state, and federal permits as needed for restoration projects in wetlands and along waterways.
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization;
2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time experience in the appropriate field of specialization, including one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative, or research capacity as described in “2” above.
Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required for all other candidates.
1. Graduate degree in resource management, environmental engineering, restoration ecology, hydrology, landscape architecture or a related field.
2. 10 years of experience in natural resources management, environmental engineering, restoration ecology or a related area.
3. Demonstrated experience implementing wetlands or stream ecological restoration projects, developing watershed plans, managing resource assessment and monitoring projects.
4. Strong academic and professional experience in urban aquatic and watershed restoration.
5. Graduate coursework in hydrology, environmental engineering, freshwater ecology, ecological restoration, landscape design, water resources management, soil science or plant ecology.
6. Strong analytical and organizational skills.
7. Ability to work independently and manage staff.
8. Excellent writing skills.
References will be required upon request.
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